Thousands of people celebrated the history and pride of the region with events across the Dudley borough to mark Black Country Day.
Residents, businesses and community leaders welcomed thousands of people to events throughout the day (July 14).
Ma Pardoes pub in Netherton hosted a special lunchtime sing-along with traditional ale and food as well as comedy trio The Fizzogs.
The Mayor also welcomed people to the Black Country at a themed citizenship ceremony at Priory Hall. The ceremony which officially welcomes people to the UK from overseas, included the Black Country anthem performed by the Empty Can, comedy and poetry, a commemorative cake and a Black Country goodie bag for all those who took part.
The Red House Glass Cone hosted events and tours of the site on the day.
Dudley Zoo and Castle also hosted a range of activities including animal petting for visitors, a vintage car and music from local bands.
The Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Dave Tyler, and leader of the council, Councillor Pete Lowe, also got to meet and greet people at the zoo.
Councillor Mohammed Hanif, Mayor of Dudley, said:
“The festival is about bringing people from all communities together to celebrate everything that is great about the Black Country.
“Black Country Day has shown how proud people are of where they live and the history of this area and I’m delighted to see local businesses and tourist attractions getting involved too.”
Black Country Day is part of a packed programme of activities as part of the Black Country Festival which is running throughout July.
People are invited to Stone Street Square, Dudley, tomorrow (July 16) for the town’s fun day from 11am-6pm. It includes street entertainers, music and stalls throughout the town.
The festival will close with the Dudley Beer Festival, a three day celebration of real ale at Brierley Hill Civic Hall from July 29-31.
For more on other festival events visit www.black-country-festival.co.uk
Pictured: (front) Miss Black Country, Abigail Cutler, with Steve Edwards from the Black Country Festival and Adrian Durkin in costume, and (rear) Councillor Pete Lowe, leader of the council with Councillor Mohammed Hanif, Mayor of Dudley